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Baby boy names that are tough, not cute

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Killers singer Brandon Flowers named his son Gunnar because it's a tough-sounding name. "I had to have something that combats against the [surname] Flowers," said the rocker. Check out more tough baby boy names that will pair well with any last name.

Some of the most popular baby names in the nation are almost too cute for rough-and-tumble boys. The current Top 10 include Noah, Liam, Mason, Ethan and Jayden, which aren't nearly as tough as these:

Tough guys from the movies

Some movie characters stay with us forever. How many of these alpha males can you recall from the big screen?

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Tough-guy actors

The guys in our favorite testosterone-heavy films were brought to life by talented actors who exude toughness. Their first names rock, and their surnames are even cooler.

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Tough guys in American history

You won't want your son copying the behavior of these bad guys, but you may want to steal a name or two. They don't get much tougher than this:

  • Al Capone (given name Alphonse Gabriel Capone)
  • Black Bart (given name Charles Earl Bowles)
  • Wild Bill Hickok (given name James Butler Hickok)
  • Butch Cassidy (given name Robert LeRoy Parker)
  • Jesse James (given name Jesse Woodson James)
  • Pancho Villa (given name José Doroteo Arango Arámbula)
  • Wyatt Earp (given name Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp)

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